The organization Youth for Christ (YFC) has announced that twice as many children and adolescents have made the decision to follow Jesus Christ this year compared to 2021.
YFC reports that 7,323 people gave their lives to Christ in 2022.
“It is clear that the Spirit of God is moving through leaders everywhere across the country, and that the gospel is as needed and as effective as ever, especially as the unfailing love of Christ meets the landscape change of today’s youth,” said YFC President and CEO Jake Bland. K-LOVE.
JPC has been involved with young people for 78 years. It is a Christian movement with over 130 chapters located across the country.
It partners with local churches and other like-minded organizations to raise lifelong followers of Jesus to be leaders by example.
“From holding rallies with Billy Graham in the 1940s, to entering campuses to reach students in the 1960s, to empowering community leaders to build meaningful relationships with young people around the world, our goal is to accompany young people through their story and to be the friend and mentor we expected of ourselves,” the nonprofit organization explained on its website, using the theme “ Bring your story to life.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that young people today are dealing with depression, anxiety and behavioral disorders in ways never seen before. Globally, one in seven young people aged 10 to 19 suffer from a mental disorder. Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year olds.
The report states: “The consequences of not addressing adolescent mental health issues extend into adulthood. It can be detrimental to both physical and mental health while limiting opportunities for a fulfilling life as an adult.
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“It’s no secret that there is a growing need among young people,” Bland said in a press release. “The United States Surgeon General recently declared youth mental health a state of emergency. Twenty years ago, the biggest problem for teens was drunk driving or teenage pregnancy. These days, these types of issues have dropped dramatically, and the mental health needs of young people are rapidly rising.”
“The statistics are alarming. A third of young people report having no trusted adult in their lives. Over 50% of young people are not connected to a church. In America, we lock up more children per capita than any other developed country in the world,” he added. “The reality is that our children in this country are at a vulnerable tipping point – a pivotal moment. There’s a whole generation that could slip through the cracks.”
But the YFC President and CEO noted that God is already revealing his story of hope to the next generation.
“But there is an opportunity for great hope. I’ve never been more convinced that Christ is moving,” Bland explained. “Right now we live in the kind of cultural conditions that God often uses for His purpose. Despite the challenges children face and a culture that confuses them, it has never been clearer. God is already discovering His story of hope among this next generation, and I believe he is preparing to do even more.”
Bland also explained why an organization like YFC is so essential right now.
“YFC knows that all the anxiety, fear and worry in today’s society stems from a deeply rooted need for identity, purpose and belonging. This can only be found in a relationship. with Jesus Christ and the abundant and eternal life he brings. That’s why YFC exists,” he said. “We want to bring the gospel to young people today by accompanying them and building meaningful relationships during pivotal times in their lives.”
For more information about YFC and to find a youth chapter near you, visit their website at https://yfc.net/.
You can also follow YFC through its Facebook and Instagram pages, Twitter stream, or on Vimeo.
Watch the video below to see how Youth for Christ is reaching and serving young people in Kansas City, Missouri.